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Captain Kidd – Cape Cod, MA

Captain Kidd – Cape Cod, MA

With Cape Cod having so many marinas and docks, Captain Kidd (CK) fits in perfectly for any boat lovers pirate persona hidden inside themselves. The charm of CK really sits inside the restaurant which is very large with a happening bar scene and lots of pirate themed decor. I was lucky enough to snag a seat on their waterfront dining area which is one of the nicest waterfront dining areas around the Woods Hole area.

Things started out nicely with their homemade clam chowder. It had a nice texture to it with a decent amount of clam and variety of vegetables making it one of the best I had in Cape Cod.

cap kid chowder


The fun slowed down quite a bit with the main course though. I ordered the Fisherman’s Platter which was all fried seafood and consisted of Cod, scallops, shrimp, and clams. I will start out with the good. The clams were highlight of the dish and I could have eaten an entire plate of just them. The scallops were a good size and cooked nicely leaving them crisp on the outside yet moist on the inside. The fries were just average as they were not fresh cut fries, but better than the dreaded double breaded fry. Now to the portion of the meal I could have gone without. The cod was mushy and inedible and the shrimp was as hard as rocks. I think I could have skipped the shrimp across the water to the other side of the marina. It really was a mixed dish and had a little bit of everything whether good or bad.

cap kid meal

My visit to CK has me thinking this of them. CK is a nice spot for a drink at their bar or a nice bowl of clam chowder or fried clams sitting on their waterfront dining area as a little snack while enjoying the view. I do not think their claim to fame is their food, but what pirate tale did you ever hear of that talked about pirates eating well. I can not think of any, but I can think of many references to pirates enjoying a good drink and that is exactly what you can do at CK to bring your inner pirate out.

Wicked Restaurant and Wine Bar – Cape Cod, MA

Wicked Restaurant and Wine Bar – Cape Cod, MA

Walking into Wicked, it has a bold and adventurous look about it. They tout a fresh and organic tagline for their food, but sadly the only thing exciting about Wicked was the decor. I will say that our server was extremely bubbly and since he formerly worked for one of the towns in Cape Cod, he knows how to deal with tourists and where they should go. He was a wealth of information and was a fantastic server, just too bad the food was not as great as he was.

We came for lunch, and I ordered the Grilled Chicken Sandwich that called for Antibiotic-free sweet, chili glazed chicken breast, served with grilled pineapple on a house baked organic sweet potato roll with fresh cut fries. When I ordered though, I only stated I wanted the grilled chicken sandwich. What came out was a chicken wrap that did not resemble anything I ordered. I mentioned this error immediately and the waiter gracious asked what I was looking for and he stated someone gave me the dinner menu and that both sandwiches are called grilled chicken sandwich in the computer, but computer doesn’t recognize my option until dinner time.

I do not know if what my waiter brought out would have been better, but what started out as a bad omen became one. The roll was as stale as anything I have been served in quite a long time and just fell apart upon touch. The chicken was rubbery and overcooked, the glaze had the taste of something out of a jar, and fries so dried out I think they were trying to serve me potato chip sticks instead thus ruining any resemblance of fresh cut fries. The only saving grace was the pineapple was cooked to perfection and delicious.

It is sad as it looks as if Wicked has a wicked bar scene that they cater to late at night, but they were wickedly bad during my stay. Their claim to fame it seems is their fire grilled pizzas, but I do not see myself heading up to Cape Cod again to give them another try anytime soon to find out. If you want a drink with friends with a nice ambiance, Wicked has a nice bar to sit at, but other than that unfortunately I do not have anything else to say.

Raw Bar – Cape Cod, MA

Raw Bar – Cape Cod, MA

As soon as I think about the New England area, I immediately think about lobster as well. Nestled close to the beautiful Popponesset Beach area inside Popponesset Marketplace, I was lucky enough to stumble into Raw Bar (RB) with their claim to fame being voted voted the home of the number one lobster roll in New England by Billy Costa of the TV Diner, Channel 5’s Chronicle, The Phantom Gourmet, V.B, and Maria of Fox News. With lobster rolls gaining popularity in Philadelphia with the recent grand opening of Luke’s Lobster in Center City, I figured why not try where the rolls in their home turf of New England.

Stepping into RB tickles your senses immediately. Hanging all over the walls are somewhat revealing photos of patrons showing their hind quarters or cleavage with RB tattoos to cover the embarrassing parts. This could turn some people away as soon as they saw something like this, but this did the opposite to me. It made me wonder how a teeny tiny place like RB could cause such a fury of exhibitionism on an otherwise mostly conservative peninsula.

The staff at RB was helpful, friendly, upbeat, and the service was flawless. First up were the Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings. They were by no means authentic in any fashion, but they were indeed fantastically tasty. The rub they used on the wings was one of the best combination of spices I have had in quite sometime that gave the wings a jamaican flair while having a distinct flavor all their own. I only wish the skin was crisped just a tad bit more.

rb jerk

After devouring the wings, the main attraction arrived. I will start off by saying that this was indeed the best food and the best lobster roll I had during my stay around Cape Cod. The lobster portion was very generous with a nice combination of lobster meat throughout the roll. My only complaint would be that when I ordered, I asked for the roll to be light on the mayo, but when it arrived it had no more or no less mayo than everyone had on their lobster roll in the group. This would not be a problem if you are a fan of lobster rolls with a decent amount of mayo, but it is not my preference. The roll was good, but I think it could have been enhanced by being toasted with butter and herbs on the grill to firm up the roll a little bit and give the flavor profile a slight kick start.

lobster roll

All in all though a great time was had at RB and they did serve me the best lobster roll I had during my stay. RB was one of my highlights of visiting Cape Cod and I highly recommend you stopping by as well if you are in the area. My visit to RB was during lunch hours and the crowd was pretty subdued. With this being said, I would have to assume all of the wild debauchery at RB must happen at night in order for them to get the sort of pictures they have posted on their walls. If you want to find out, go there at night and I only hope that what happens at RB stays in RB.

Four out of Five Stars